The Internet Habits of Children and Adolescents: A Guidebook for Teachers and Parents

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Laird, Melanie
Internet education , children , adolescents
Abstract: Many young children, including toddlers are using the Internet. By the time, children are eight years old, 98% of them will have accessed the Internet independently, some with digital devices of their own (Katherine, 2013). During childhood and adolescence, our youth develop particular habits while learning how and where to navigate on the Internet. What do parents and educators know about these habits and how they develop? Accordino & Accordino (2011) found that 44% of children who reported participating in cyber-bullying also had poor parent-child relationships. According to some researchers (Endicott-Popovsky, 2013; Weeden, Cooke, & McVey, 2013), some parents and teachers have a limited understanding of the Internet habits of children and adolescents. When parents and teachers lack knowledge of what their children and students are doing online, it greatly restricts their ability to help children learn and develop healthy Internet habits. Drawing from academic literature, journal articles, books, media sources, and blogs, this project develops an information guide for parents and teachers containing information about the Internet practices of children and adolescents from 2-18 years of age. This guide addresses strategies for communicating with children and adolescents about their Internet practices, discussing and creating Internet boundaries, working with children and youth on becoming mindful contributors to the Internet, and incorporating practices that help maintain their safety online. The project will to be a useful tool for improving Internet education for parent, teachers and youth. References Accordino, D., & Accordino, M. (n.d.). An Exploratory Study of Face-to-Face and Cyberbullying in Sixth Grade Students. American Secondary Journal, 14–30. Endicott-Popovsky, B. (2013). Seeking a Balance: Online Safety for our Children. Teacher Librarian, 37(2), 29–34. Weeden, S., Cooke, B., & McVey, M. (2013). Underage Children and Social Networking. JRTE, 45(3), 249–262.
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